This unit (AET6002) takes a learner-focussed approach to studying and evaluating course design, specifically focusing on contemporary approaches to curriculum and assessment. Assessment strategies are introduced as an integral component of course and unit design that fosters student learning. Participants evaluate contemporary curriculum models including models suitable for intensive modes of study including the VU Block mode, and their operationalisation within national and institutional contexts with their relevance to specific cohorts and learning outcomes. The unit's social-constructivist instructional approach is focused on authentic experiential learning. Via technology moderated experiential opportunities, the unit offers a learner-focused, highly collaborative learning and assessment process. Through the unit's authentic assessment tasks, participants interrogate their own curriculum and assessment practices and propose evidence-based adjustments with consideration of implementation constraints and institutional settings. This unit is delivered in an intensive mode of study over a four week period.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate curriculum designs to recommend approaches relevant to diverse learning needs;  
  2. Make connections between practice and current theories and research on curriculum development and assessment design to prepare recommendations for change;  
  3. Apply systematic curriculum design processes and principles of alignment to learning goals, teaching and learning activities, and assessment tasks for effective learning; and  
  4. Design assessment that identifies and reports student learning, provides feedback to students about their learning and informs further learning.  
  5. Communicate improvement-oriented feedback in a professional and respectful manner.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Recognising/identifying assessment challenges 15%
Exercise Justifying curriculum alignment 20%
Assignment Assessing student learning 50%
Review Professional communication and peer feedback 15%
Students will be provided with feedback on the development of key aspects of the above graduate capabilities through active engagement and completion of the assessment tasks. In assignments 2 and 3, students will identify an assessment challenge and propose new strategies to respond to the challenge by investigating it through the lenses of curriculum and assessment within the structure of institutional policies. They will share their proposal and provide feedback to a peer (assignment 4) as well as reflect on decision-making processes.

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